CURRENT STUDENT THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

The Importance of Being Earnest

NOVEMBER 15 – 18, 2018

by Oscar Wilde 

You can never be too (two) Earnest. The results would be a world filled with chaos, mistaken identity and uncontrollable laughter! But when you’re Wilde, you have to take that chance. The Importance Of Being Earnest tells the story of two bachelor friends, dandy Algernon Moncrieff and reliable John (Jack) Worthing, as they take on double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse… and with the formidable Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde’s much loved and exhilarating masterpiece, with its high comedy and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance Of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.

Hair

APRIL 11 – 14, 2019

Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot 

HAIR celebrates the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. To an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show wows audiences with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life,” and “Let The Sun Shine.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, HAIR remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

Claude, Sheila, and Berger are a trio of unlikely friends: an Oklahoma farm hand on his own for the first time ever, an upper-middle class debutante, and a freewheeling hippie living in Central Park. Together, they are swept up in the counter-culture movement of the ’60s. But love and politics clash when Claude is drafted into the Vietnam War. Can Claude, Shiela, and their troupe of free spirits keep love alive in the Age of Aquarius?

As Bees in Honey Drown

SEPTEMBER 27 – 30, 2018
OCTOBER 11 – 14, 2018

by Douglas Carter Beane 

We follow young writer Evan Wylar, New York City’s latest “hot young thing,” who is irresistibly drawn to Alexa Vere de Vere, a name-dropping socialite who promises him fame and fortune. In the end, Alexa is not who she appears to be, and Evan is left in the lurch. To figure out the truth about Alexa, Evan seeks out others she “discovered.” At the crux of this insightful comedy are questions about what is most important — creating a persona you believe everyone wants to be or being true to yourself? And how far are you willing to go in order to achieve fame?

Reefer Madness

NOVEMBER 1 – 4, 2018
NOVEMBER 8 – 11, 2018

Book by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney
Music by Dan Studney
Lyrics by Kevin Murphy 

Lust! Paranoia! Murder! Marijuana! Lock up your children… and your spouse! (You’ll have more fun without them!) Reefer Madness has descended upon us! Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall victim to marijuana, leading them on a downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like “Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime” and the Vegas-style “Listen to Jesus, Jimmy.”

Disgraced

MARCH 21 – 24, 2019
MARCH 28-31, 2019

By Ayad Akhtar 

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Pakistani American Amir seems to be living the American Dream. A successful New York lawyer, he enjoys a comfortable life with his American wife, a talented artist influenced by Islamic imagery. But when his Muslim heritage is questioned, his life begins to unravel and a celebratory dinner with friends leads to a fiery debate on prejudice, identity and faith.

Bat Boy: The Musical

FEBRUARY 14 – 17, 2019
FEBRUARY 21 – 24, 2019

Story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming
Music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe 

Based on a story in The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy’s unholy origin.


PAST STUDENT THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

Noises Off

NOVEMBER 2017

Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Frayne gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and – of course – flying sardines!

In the Heights

APRIL 2018

In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

Comedy of Errors

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017

Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare’s shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humor coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos.

Next to Normal

NOVEMBER 2017

Next to Normal, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 3 Tony Awards®, is a rock musical that the New York Times called “brave,” “breathtaking,” and “a work of muscular grace and power.” Next to Normal follows a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the wrenching affects her illness has on her family. While this emotionally rigorous show honestly portrays the pain of the mother’s mental illness, it is surprisingly hopeful. The music is vibrantly alive, and the dialogue will make you laugh through your tears.

Be More Chill

FEBRUARY 2018

Not quite one of the cool kids and not nerdy enough to fall in at the other end of his high school’s cliquey social spectrum, Jeremy Heere is almost invisible. That is, until he discovers a tiny supercomputer that gives him access to everything he wants: girl, parties, popularity. Truly the teenage dream—or so he thinks. Is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? Be More Chill is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

MARCH 2018

A play by Tennessee Williams. This Pulitzer Prize winning play is an American treasure brimming with intensity and wit, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof follows the powerful Southern family of the aging Big Daddy and his wife, Big Mama. As their son Brick and his beautiful but sexually frustrated wife Maggie “the Cat” scramble to secure their part of Big Daddy’s estate, troubled relationships come to a stormy climax and a shockwave of secrets are revealed.


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